News Feature

Originally published in Compass, June 26, 2014
Opera House Arts adds second performance of West Side Story

Opera House Arts added a previously unscheduled public concert at its Burnt Cove Church performance hall on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Soprano and former Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio personality Suzanne Nance will lead a quartet of accomplished opera singers including John McVeigh (tenor), Eric McKeever (baritone), and Grace Valdes (mezzo soprano) in a concert version of Bernstein and Sondheim’s classic 1955 musical West Side Story, according to a news release.

West Side Story was selected and is being produced—with musical director Peter Szep and script and direction by OHA’s executive director Linda Nelson—as an integrated component of OHA’s Shakespeare in Stonington 2014 special repertory offerings. The concert at the church is an unexpected second performance of OHA’s 15th anniversary gala benefit on July 7, which sold out in record time.

The 1870 Burnt Cove Church is located at 17 Airport Road in Stonington, just off Route 15A behind Burnt Cove Market. Audience members are advised to car pool and to be prepared to walk. Accessible parking and entrance to the church is available. Facilities at the church are limited to port-a-potties.

Reserved seat tickets for the July 8 performance are available on a first come, first serve basis at or by calling 367-2788.